It is so easy for us humans to assume that canned goods have infinite expiry’s, and yes it’s true that they are dated much farther into the future than fresh food but it’s important to understand how important it is to stick the those dates on the back of your cats dinner. Many pet owners wonder what actually happens when these expiry dates are reached. Does it go rancid? Does it lose its nutrients? Does it actually go bad? Today I will go into detail and try to answer some of the most common questions.
Shelf life varies greatly from company to company; dry pet foods can last anywhere from 4 months to 3 years where as canned products can last from 1 to 5 years. It’s also important to note that the ‘best by’ date on these products does not denote when the product was made, only the date that particular company has decided that specific food does not provide your cat with the proper nutrition anymore.
How you store your cat food also plays a huge role in how long it will last. Here are some tips on correct storage procedures:
Once canned food is opened it should be covered immediately and stored in the fridge for a maximum of 3 days.
Both dry and wet food should always be stored in a cool and dry storage space.
You can buy specially made ‘can covers’ from some pet shops, vets and supermarkets these provide extra help to keep the oxygen out.
Avoid damp and humid spaces like bathrooms and garages since moisture can trigger the growth of mould.
Dry food should be kept in its original packaging and sealed tightly, for extra longevity keep the bag in an airtight container.
Remember that what you feed your cat is always critical to their health and wellbeing. If you are concerned about the state of your pet’s food it is always best to throw it away and purchase fresh food as then you won’t have to worry about your pet’s health and safety.
Everything you Need to Know About Your Cat Urinating Inappropriately
Generally cats are pretty good with their toilet habits, and it is in fact quite easy to train them to use a litter box! However, cats can simply decide when they’re bored of doing this and move to other options. These are some of the reasons your cat may be exhibiting these behaviors:
Dirty litter box
Us humans can agree that a clean toilet is preferable over a dirty one right? Cats think the same about their litter boxes! This is a very easy fix and requires regular cleaning of the litter box and a regular change in litter. Veterinary professionals suggest scooping out your cats litter box once per day, and once a week changing the old litter out for new. As well as a once a week deep clean of the box itself in warm water, with unscented soap. For time poor cat owners, you can also find self-cleaning litter boxes online and at your local pet shop.
If you have multiple cats it is important that you have a separate litter box for each one, as cats have a habit of marking their territory and won’t want to use a litter box that has already been marked by its housemate.
Sometimes it can all come down to the type of litter you are using! A simple fix, however it may require testing out a few different types before you find the right one. To make this process a little bit easier, we suggest having two litter boxes; each with a different type of litter, and see which one your cat chooses!
Cats are creatures of habit, so when they break their normal routine it could be due to a medical problem. A urinary tract infection, diabetes and arthritis are common problems associated with this behavior so if the above steps don’t work seek veterinary attention.
Litter box location
Location, location, location! I can’t imagine many humans being happy to use the toilet in a room full of people, cats are the same! Try placing your cats litter box in a quiet and private part of your house, preferably one that doesn’t attract too much foot traffic. The laundry or a less used room is a great place to start!
Hopefully these 5 tips have helped you identify where your cats urinating problems have stemmed from. Remember that the longer you leave this matter unattended, the harder it will be to correct!
With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it was a great idea to educate some of you on the history and the superstitions associated with the black cat. In some parts of the world, black cats are considered bad luck. However in many other parts of the world they are actually seen to bring good luck. Genetically speaking, there are actually more black cats in the world than any other colour due to the fact that the colour black is a dominant gene trait! It is important that we cat owners overcome these out-dated stereotypes, as black cats can use all the help they can get (black cats are the most commonly found cat at the pound or other animal rescue shelters!) Keep reading to find out some of the craziest superstitions associated with the black feline.
Black cats, around the world are either portrayed as good or bad luck. In 16th century Italy, people believed that if a black cat were to lie on your bed you would die. However today in the United Kingdom and Asia, a black cat is actually considered lucky! In parts of England it is good luck to own a black cat but bad luck for one to cross your path. This is similar in North America, where it is still bad luck if a black cat crosses your path however if it’s a white cat it is considered good luck.
There are many more interesting beliefs around the world associated with the black cat, some of these include:
Finding a white hair on a black cat brings good luck
An unknown black cat on a front porch brings prosperity to the owner of the house
A black cat walking towards you brings good fortune, a black cat walking away means it is taking the good luck with it.
Dreaming of a black cat is lucky
There is however a darker side to this fascination, black cats have long been associated with witches and witchcraft, and you will still see black cat symbols and costumes around Halloween as they have become iconic to the holiday. Because of this, some people believe that black cats are affiliated with evil (due to their witchy beginnings and nocturnal habits). The most shocking fact is that people are still targeting these poor creatures, particularly around the 31st of October.
Veterinary professionals suggest black cat owners keep their feline friends safe and comfortable inside on Halloween, as well as limiting their time outside in the week leading up to it, just to be safe!
Cats and hairballs, whenever I see a cat coughing up a hairball, it reminds me of the animated Puss in Boots movie, where our hero seems to have quite a problem with hairballs, and often has to stop the action in order to deal with his hairball problem.
Is your cat coughing up hair balls? The occasional hairball is no cause for alarm, but if it’s a regular occurrence for your cat there could be more to it. Keep reading for more information on hairballs
Ever wondered why your cat coughs up hairballs? Well it all starts with your cats grooming routine; cats being quite interested in how they appear to the rest of creation, one may even say rather vain, are always making sure their coat is in tip top shape. As cats groom themselves they pull out the dead hairs and most of it passes through the digestive tract with no problems, however sometimes some of the hair will stay in the stomach and form a hairball.
This is not a pleasant occurrence for your cat, as they vomit it up, and it can be quite a painful experience; thus it is important to seek medical attention if this is a regular occurrence in your home. If you notice any of the following hairball symptoms be sure to contact your vet as these could be an indication of a potentially life threatening blockage:
Lack of appetite
Ongoing vomiting, retching or gagging without producing a hairball
There are some helpful preventative tips that you can put in place to try avoid these situations as best as possible including:
Feeding your cat food with added fibre
Feeding your cat a diet rich in fibre will help bind the hair and stimulate the intestine to aid in hairball reduction.
Groom your cat regularly
Grooming your cat on a regular basis will help to remove the excess fur which will equal less fur ending up in their stomach when they do their own grooming. A simple comb or brush each day should suffice and can also provide a fun way to spend some time with your cat!
Use a special hairball product or laxative
A vet can recommend a suitable laxative or hairball product which can help the hairball to pass through the digestive track.
Small servings of coconut oil, has also been reported to assist with digestive tract issues, including those related to hairballs